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Grandparenting with a purpose offers resources to help grandparents intentionally pray for their grandchildren to know and follow Jesus Christ.

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Valuable Free Resources for Grandparents’ Day of Prayer

July 25, 2016
Grandparents who believe in the power of prayer can make a great impact on their children, grandchildren and future generations not only on National Grandparents’ Day but everyday. Cavin Harper, Executive Director of Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN) says. In his book, “Courageous Grandparenting, “Builders and Boomer generations represent the majority of today’s grandparents. There are nearly eighty million of us. Yet on our watch we have stood by in silence and allowed the Father of lies to inject his venom into our culture, hardening men’s hearts to the truth.” However, during the last five years, thousands of grandparents have united on National Grandparents Day to make it a Day of Prayer for their grandchildren and their parents. On September 11th we have yet another opportunity to link arms in prayer across this nation and around the world. Will you help us in this cause? We need your help While you have a great deal of latitude in how that may look, CGN has created this step-by-step guide to help you organize a successful event and to give you tools and resources to assist you in the process. This can be a very simple event, but you can do much more if you desire. We only ask that prayer be the primary focus of all that you do. It is important to not lose sight of this being a prayer event, not a social event!  It’s not a complicated process; Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN) will provide you with step-by-step guidelines, resources, and online tools to help you create a successful event that will engage grandparents in prayer in your home, in your church or community. To learn more about becoming involved, please follow the steps below. Check out the website for blogs, endorsements, testimonials and promotional materials and free downloads. If you would desire to ask others to join you, complete the form to indicate your participation as a volunteer. Click on http://www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com Free Resources are Available for distribution at your event on our website.          (Download and print) 31 Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren. Spanish and English  Downloadable FREE Suggestions to Pray for School children. (Preschool-College)  Downloadable FREE Suggestions to Pray for College students. Downloadable FREE Suggestions to Pray for the Different Life Stages (Infants through Married grandchildren) Downloadable FREE Placemat with “31 Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren.”  Downloadable FREE E-book – “Reflecting on my Grandparenting Journey” by Lillian Penner.  Downloable FREE Join Us in Making National Grandparents Day on September 11, 2016 a Grandparents’ Day of Prayer We need your help to promote Grandparents Day of Prayer. Will you forward this post to your friends? For additional information, contact Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network,  lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net  

Will your Family want your Jesus?

July 21, 2016
Guest blog b y Rebecca Buckner Recently, I attended the funeral service of the mother of one of my good friends.  The room was full but what impressed me so deeply was the testimony of her children. Time was not spent on her accomplishments, which, by the way, happened to be worth mentioning but the words spoken were a picture of her heart. I am not sure whether this was their original intent as they crafted their speeches. However, I have a feeling that as they began to describe who their mother was, the depth and breadth of the love for Jesus in her heart became their theme.  An affection of love overflowed with tender words from these adult children as they spoke of their mother’s faith.  I had ever met this woman but I knew in my heart that I wanted to be like her.  As I listened to her children beautifully describe the mother and grandmother that had so impressed their hearts, I knew I wanted to have that same impact on my children and grandchildren. And then, I had an “Aha” moment.  It was Jesus that so attracted me to this woman I had never met!  It wasn’t her life that was so attractive; it was Jesus living through her that drew me to her. As a result, her children were portraying how their mother’s life was an outpouring of Jesus’ love for them and their families.  I want to be like Jesus! I have a deep longing to live out my days in intimacy with my Savior.  Proverbs 27:19 says, “As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.”  What does the reflection of my “real person” look like?  Do people see Jesus in me?   Is my present commitment to meditate and know God’s Word enough to transform my life into one that truly reflects Jesus to my children and grandchildren?  Is my investment in my spiritual growth and walk with the Lord one that will leave a spiritual legacy when I am no longer here? Do I demonstrate my faith as I walk with God through the storms and disappointments of life as well as the sunny days?  Does God want me to make some adjustments in how I spend my time to better fulfill His purposes?  Do I display an authenticity and sincerity in my relationship with God?  Do I want my children and grandchildren to imitate my spiritual life?   God is calling me to examine the deepest crevices of my heart. Will they want my Jesus? “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in truth.” 3 John 1:4  Rebecca is a wife to Terry, mother of two, and grandmother of two. She lives on the lake and enjoys mornings and evenings on the porch, watching the wildlife and admiring God’s creation. She is a prayer team member of the Christian Grandparenting Network and is passionate about leaving a spiritual legacy for her family.    

The Most Powerful Tool for our Broken World is Prayer

July 17, 2016
Six years ago the Lord put it on my heart to call Grandparents to come together and make the National Grandparents Day a Day of Prayer for their grandchildren and their parents. Therefore, Christian Grandparenting Network is calling grandparents throughout the world to gather in fervent prayer for their grandchildren, their parents and communities. Nothing short of divine intervention is desperately needed. The most powerful tool we can use in this broken post-Christian world is prayer. When the righteous cry out, the Lord hears them.            Psalms 34:17 Will you join thousands of grandparents on National Grandparents Day on September 11, 2016 to make this a day of prayer for your grandchildren and their parents? If you are going to participate in the Grandparents’ Day of Prayer will you leave a comment saying, “Yes, count me in”? To learn more click on http://www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com If you would like to volunteer to organize a gathering of grandparents in your home, church or community please complete the form so we can provide additional information. Lillian Penner, National Prayer Director, Christian Grandparenting Network  lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net               

Will those who come behind you Find You Faithful?

July 14, 2016
If you have read my blogs and Face book postings I am sure you have noticed that I am passionate about praying for my grandchildren in my writings. I recognize the critical moral and spiritual environment my grandchildren must navigate in a world hostile to truth. Recently Franklin Graham wrote, “Our nation is in serious trouble—we are in desperate need of Divine intervention. We need healing. Prayer is what can make a difference in America.” Our grandchildren are growing up in a world that is not friendly to our faith in God. However, I feel God has given grandparents a sacred trust and a responsibility to imprint the next generation with His faithfulness. That is why we at Christian Grandparenting Network are calling grandparents worldwide to unite in prayer by participating in the Million Praying Grandparents campaign. You may ask, “What is the Million Praying Grandparents campaign?” Million Praying Grandparents (MPG) is an imitative mobilizing Christian grandparents worldwide to regularly and intentionally unite in prayer for their grandchildren, families, and the influences in their grandchildren’s lives. For the sake of the hearts, minds and souls of your grandchildren, will you say, “Yes! I will be one of the Million Praying Grandparents uniting in prayer.” Click on www.millionprayinggrandparents.com to sign up to participate in the campaign. When you join the Million Praying Grandparents you will receive a FREE Prayer Guide of “Scriptures to Pray” designed to help you pray for your grandchildren.  Would you help us promote the Million Praying Grandparents initiative by sharing this post with your friends on social media and “like” its fan page? https://www.facebook.com/GrandparentDayOfPrayer  One of my favorite songs is “Find us Faithful” sung by Steve Green, who challenges us to leave footprints of God’s faithfulness to those who come behind us. I hope you will listen to this song and find it challenging to leave a legacy to your grandchildren. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi-Mn5tRHvMIf you have any questions, email me at lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net. If you subscribe for email updates each week with grandparenting resources on this website I will send you a Free Printable PDF copy of “Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren.” WILL YOU DO ME A FAVOR? If you found this post useful, will you share it with a friend, especially another grandparent? Thank you! By Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network                    

How to Pray Effectively for your Grandchildren

July 11, 2016
I have had a passion to pray intentionally for my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I feel God wants me to share my passion with other grandparents, which encouraged me to write the book, Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren. The book encourages grandparents to pray and provides resources to help you pray effectively. This book is a great resource for Grandparents’ Day of Prayer on September 11, National Grandparents Day. Here are six of the many benefits you will learn from the book entitled, Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren. Encouraged to pray regularly and deliberately for your grandchildren. Suggestions to imprint another generation with the message of God’s faithfulness How prayer can help bridge the distance between you and your grandchildren Creative resources to grandparent with a purpose Examples of Scriptures to pray How to develop a Photo Prayer Journal This book won’t make you the perfect grandparent, but it will give you resources to Grandparent with a Purpose. Quin Sherrer, co-author of Grandma, I Need Your Prayers writes, “This book will help you pray with more passion and purpose as you lift those precious grandchildren and their needs to the Lord each day.” Check out the endorsements for the book at on this website. Soft cover book, retails for $11.99 plus shipping, however, for a limited time I have a special offer of $10.50 including shipping in the U.S. I will include 3 bonus prayer cards: Suggestions to Pray for Children in School: Preschool, Elementary, High School and College 31 Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren More A Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren The eBook is available for $3.99 from Amazon or Redemption Press on the website which is excellent for foreign orders to save shipping cost. To Buy Now: click on the Purchase button at the top right of this page, complete order form, and the book and bonus will be shipped immediately for orders in the U.S. Order soon before the special offer expires. By Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network            

Do you Believe in the Power Prayer?

July 7, 2016
If you believe in the power of prayer join grandparents throughout the world in making National Grandparents Day on September 11, 2016 a Day of Prayer for our grandchildren. Today our nations as well as other nations are under attack like never before educationally, socially, financially and spiritually. Christianity is under assault and parents and grandparents are involved in a tug of war for the hearts and minds of their children. A Spiritual Battle for the Souls of Our Grandchildren Our grandchildren live in a desperate moral and spiritual climate while navigating in a world hostile to truth. Many years ago, Queen Esther stood in the gap for her people, the Jews, when their physical lives were threatened. In our day, grandparents can stand in the gap for the spiritual lives of their grandchildren just as Esther did. Cavin Harper, Executive Director of Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN) says in his book, Courageous Grandparenting, “Builders and Boomer generations represent the majority of today’s grandparents. There are nearly eighty million of us. Yet on our watch we have stood by in silence and allowed the Father of lies to inject his venom into our culture, hardening men’s hearts to the truth.” However, grandparents who believe in the power of prayer can pray that their grandchildren will not become casualties of falling captive to the enemy’s deception. We are engaged in a spiritual battle that requires prayer as the weapon. As grandparents, we have an opportunity to imprint another generation with His love and faithfulness. When Nehemiah faced opposition in building the wall in Jerusalem, he told the people, “Don’t be afraid of them, Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, sons, and your daughters, your wives and your homes” (Nehemiah 4:14). Just as Nehemiah asked the people to fight for their families, grandparents, need to use our prayers to fight the opposition from the enemy our grandchildren face today. Unite with Grandparents Around the World Over the last five years, thousands of grandparents have united in prayer on the National Grandparents Day in September making it a Day of Prayer for their families. Again, CGN invites you to be a part of this movement to intentionally pray for our grandchildren, our families, and our world making it a Grandparents’ Day of Prayer (GDOP). We are still looking for volunteers who will take the lead to organize an event in their area, calling grandparents to join in prayer on September 11 or another date in September. This event could be in your church, your home, a retirement complex, or any meeting location you choose. CGN will provide step-by-step guidelines, resources, and online tools to help you create a successful event that will engage grandparents in prayer for your event. Will you accept the challenge to join grandparents throughout the world to unite in prayer on September 11 for their grandchildren? Check out our website for blogs, endorsements, testimonials and promotional materials and free downloads. www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com For additional information,